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Bell Witch Site receives many inquiries about visiting Bell
Witch-related landmarks in and around Adams, Tennessee -- most notably, the old Bell farm and graveyard. The original
John Bell farm consisted of 328 acres. It has been divided numerous times
since the early 1800s. The section
where the house, well, and cemetery were located is still one tract
of land, and we
refer to it simply as "the old Bell farm," although
it is but a small
portion of the original farm. Please read and understand the following:
Bell Witch Site's (the web site) owner does
not own the old Bell property and
is not a member of the private
foundation that owns it. Do
not ask The Bell Witch
Site for permission to enter it;
we have no ownership or governing interest in the
property, and therefore are not authorized to make decisions regarding it.
Out of respect for their privacy, we
will not divulge the owners' names or contact information. If you feel the need to visit the private property (as
opposed to the public areas that are Bell Witch-related), please locate the proper
parties and ask them for permission.
Some parts of the original land (but
not where the house, well, and graveyard were located) are open to the public at
certain times. Information about those places can be found on the
page. Area history can be found on the
Always obtain permission before entering private property. Determine the
appropriate person(s) to ask, plead your case, and accept
you are given. Be honest about why you want
to enter their property, and be respectful of them.
Remember mortal man, as
you pass by;
As you are now, so once was I.
As I am now, so you must be;
Prepare for death, and follow me.
The Epitaph from the gravestone of Daniel Calvin Johnston, who was a prominent
citizen of the Red River Settlement, a friend of the Bells, and thought to
be the only man with whom "Kate" shook hands. Source: The
Bell Witch: The Full Account, p. 325.
gravestone is more than just a body marker; it is an eternal tribute
to the life of someone who once walked the earth just as we do now. The grave
itself is where the deceased or their family believed they could spend eternity,
in peace and with respect. Treating
graveyards with respect is just a matter of common sense. There
is an infinite list of disrespectful acts that have been committed against
gravestones and graveyards. All we are
asking is that if/when you visit a cemetery, please don't get so wrapped up in your
visit that you
lose sight of the fact that real people are buried there. It's
not a social, a party, or a disco.
EVPs, and the like, when done with permission, cause no harm; but activities
that go beyond that often
create problems. Most of the paranormal
investigation groups we have met have been honest, ethical, and responsible.